With the mystery shrouding around the missing fishing boat thickening with every passing day, the government has now decided to seek the help of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Minister for Fisheries Venkatarao Nadagowda, who visited the resident of Sathish Eshwar, one of the fisherman who was on board the missing boat-Suvarna Tribhuja, at Madanagere of Kumta taluk, said that letters have been written to the neighbouring states to co-operate in the search operation to locate the boat that went fishing from Malpe on December 13 and then went missing.
“With most of our efforts meeting failure, we have decided to turn to the ISRO to help us locate the boat,” he said adding that the possibility of the boat has crossed the Gujarat border and reached Pakistan is a distant possibility, as the boat did not have fuel enough to cover that distance.
“There are some who claim that the fishermen from other states may have held them as captives. We are looking into this angle as well,” the minister said adding that he is confident that the fishermen will be alive.
Local MLA Dinakar Shetty, former MLA Sharada Shetty, Deputy Commissioner SS Nakul among others were present.